Lamar ACT Average at 23.6

Lamar School in Meridian says it has something to brag about with its latest student ACT scores.

Officials say the average for students who took the college entrance exam last year was 23.6 out of a possible 36.

That compares favorably with the state average of 18.9 and a national average of 21.1.

"We require all of our students that are eligible to take the test," said head of schools, Shane Blanton. "It is a collective viewpoint of our students and 'are they ready'? And the other is they consistently score above average, not only from a states' perspective but a national perspective as well, that our teachers are preparing our students to go on to the next level."

For the past five years, officials say Lamar has consistently trended three points above the national average and four points above the state average.


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  • by Agreeing With Location: Meridian on Aug 26, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    "There is a lot of parental involvement in the school and it definitely makes a difference." Parental involvement is exactly what makes the difference.
  • by Just wondering Location: Meridian on Aug 25, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    I am proud to say that I have one child that has graduated from Lamar and one child that is currently attending Lamar. And, anyone who thinks that all the families at that school are rich is misinformed! My husband and I both work full time jobs and the vast majority of the other parents in my child's class do too. There is a lot of parental involvement in the school and it definitely makes a difference. We work hard for our income and I cannot think of anything better to spend it on than my child's education - and I think it is an excellent education! Congratulations Lamar!!
  • by Parent of a Public School Student Location: Lauderdale County on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    Congrats on this achievement Lamar students & faculty! While I am not financially able to pay for my child to attend Lamar, I am not going to begrudge their students' achievements just because the parents may be well off! Sounds like jealousy to me... I mean, most people have to WORK for the paychecks that they receive- if you want a bigger paycheck, go to college, look for better paying jobs, etc. I agree with the posts about parent involvement- that is the key to children's success in school. I work full time and am going to college @ night to get my Masters. But, I still make sure I am actively involved in my son's education. He knows I expect him to do well and I keep in contact with his teachers to ensure he IS doing well.
  • by Sara on Aug 24, 2009 at 07:53 PM
    My little sister went to Lamar. We aren't rich. It was a good place for her at the time and even closer to where we lived than the public school. Sure, some people there are well-off. What's wrong with that? It doesn't automatically put knowledge into the kids' heads, you know. They have to study and think, just like anyone else. And BOTH my parents always worked! No nannies, no Rolls Royce either! Where do people get these stupid images?
  • by How I see it, part 2 on Aug 24, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    Maybe instead of looking at how much money someone has, how about seeing that some parents are willing to go the extra mile to make sure their kids get the opportunity to succeed? It doesn't mean everyone at Lamar is on the honor roll, but they have parents who care and are involved. That's the key. Teachers can't be expected to raise their students and teach a class of 25-30 people at the same time. They need involved parents who back them up with proper and appropriate discipline. That's what lacking in our public schools.
  • by ChuckSteak Location: Atop the ThreeFoot on Aug 24, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    Not like this would be any surprise. Just Curious, don't stereotype and go with hype for excuses. Lamar provides a better education. Students that transfer from public schools to there will tell you. And the results after attending college are consistent.
  • by Michelle Location: Meridian on Aug 24, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    Tuition prices at private schools DO NOT cover the cost of educating a child! Public schools have many more resources than a small private school. This is Mississippi, not NYC. Sure more parents are involved at Lamar than the typical public school, but that's because we are sacrificing to send our kids there! I don't have any specific #'s, but most people I know at Lamar are from double income families. No nannies either!!!!
  • by How I see it on Aug 24, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    When students do well on tests, it's because they know the material. I don't think the amount of money a family has or how much they pay for education makes the difference. Parents CARING makes a difference. My parents divorced before I entered school, but they were active in my life, cared about my grades and what kind of person I became. We lived in an old house and had an old car, but I scored college level in the 8th grade on the standardized test of the day, California Achievement Test. I scored above the Lamar average on the ACT, but didn't have nice clothes. From the time I learned to read, I read as many books as time allowed and still played with my friends after school. If parents instill in their children the love AND discipline they need and want (even though some don't admit it), the teacher will be able to teach the whole class without hindrance.
  • by Just Curious on Aug 24, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    How much is tuition now at Lamar? I am sure that parents who are paying so much for their children to go to Lamar (even though most of them can easily afford it) are much more involved in the children's education than the average public school parent. If you looked at the ratio of parents at Lamar, I would imagine that the majority of those students do not have a household where both parents work. If so, then the nanny is probably responsible for helping with homework. A private school with virtually unlimited resources financially at the very least and smaller classes gives quite the advantage to these students. Quite the contrast to the current Meridian Public School situation, isn't it?
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